5 MLB Players That Will Hit More Home Runs Than Bryce Harper in 2019
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New Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper has massive expectations as we kick off the 2019 MLB season. Although he will now be playing his home games in a very hitter-friendly stadium, there is generally an adjustment period when a player signs a free-agent deal like he did in a new city.
With Harper favored the win the NL MVP, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, you'd think he'd be a shoo-in to lead the Majors in homers. However, there are lots of sluggers who will likely rack up more jacks than Bryce.
Here are five MLB players that will likely hit more round trippers than Harper this season.
5. Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez is one of the most exciting hitters in baseball right now. The man swings and he swings hard. Although Ramirez didn't play his first full season in the Majors until 2016, his homerun total has increased each season, including 2018 when he mashed 39 dingers. Ramirez could easily outslug Harper again in 2019.
4. Khris Davis
Ah, Khris Davis, the man known as "Khrush," seems to have flown under the radar for much of his MLB career. But the man can hit. Over the past three seasons, Davis has hit 133 home runs, including an MLB-leading 48 last season, while Harper hasn't topped 40 since his MVP season in 2015.
3. J.D. Martinez
J.D. Martinez has been on of the best power hitters in MLB throughout his eight-year career. He has hit more than 40 home runs in each of the past two seasons, including 45 in 2017 when he only played 119 games.
2. Mike Trout
Everything Harper can do, including getting paid a massive amount of money to play baseball, Trout can do better. And hitting homeruns is no exception. They both played their first full MLB season in 2012 and Trout has smacked 235 home runs since, while Harper has hit just 184. Expect this trend to continue in 2019, considering Harper has only bested Trout's season home run total once in their respective careers.
1. Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton's transition to the New York market was far from graceful, yet he still managed to hit 38 home runs in 2018. Although 38 is a far cry from his 2017 total of 59, it's hard to imagine that he has the struggles in 2019 that he did finding consistency at the plate last season. Look for Stanton to up his play, up his homerun output and leave Harper's homerun total in the dust.
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